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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
May 10, 2015 10:35 PM CST
I am always trying to downsize and not being very successful. I am looking to add only high performing/beautiful iris. Please list a few of yours that you would not live without. Pictures will be great too.

Thank you,
Teresa in KY

Stairway to Heaven
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iciris
May 10, 2015 11:48 PM CST
Tomorrow might be something different but today I was impressed with these two:

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Lunch In Madrid (maiden bloom) Thumb of 2015-05-11/Phillipb2/d44bca
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
May 11, 2015 12:18 AM CST
I'll have to think on this, Teresa...........
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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
May 11, 2015 12:35 AM CST
'Mulled Wine'
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Iris pallida 'Aurea Variegata', aka "Zebra"
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'Spring Bliss'.. I have pictures of it in bloom last year from March, June, July, September, October & November... and it had buds in January that got wet and rotted and foiled it's winter bloom.
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'Dynamite'- picture says it all.. Abundant, large flowers.. long bloom.


'Splashacta'- early, prolific, and long bloom.
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It's a tie between 'That's All Folks' and 'Smart Money'.. This color makes me happy.
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...and of course my beloved purple plicata NOID that I've had forever. I've got several clumps and it looks good with everything. Outperforms most other Iris in the garden, and has a stately presence.
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I'm also fond of: 'Indian Chief', 'Quaker Lady', several blue NOIDS, Pledge Allegiance, a large yellow historic NOID... Oh gosh.. it's endless... There were many that I got last year that I just swooned when I saw them bloom.. Ask this again in a year, and I'm sure I'll have more additions.
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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
May 11, 2015 7:01 AM CST
Thank you for posting. I have one that is similar to our last one. It is Jesse's Song. Anyone have a problem with weak stalks on theirs? They make a nice bouquet inside.
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
May 11, 2015 7:10 AM CST
Hi Teresa -- I've had Jesse's Song in my Iris beds for eons -- no weak stalks at all. Just the opposite, in fact -- I never have a bloom stalk of JS on the ground -- regardless of wind, rain, etc.

Is yours planted where it is in the shade for part of the day?
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
May 11, 2015 7:31 AM CST
Based on "sentiment" :

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My NOID 3^ , or "Mrs. B's" I *think* it's Pink Satin

Based on Aroma:
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Based on based on form of the whole plant(bloom, stature, braching):
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Based on "good plant habit" (increase, disease resistance , # of flowers, substance):

Snow Maiden (Chadwick 1935) Dwarf it would be classed SDB by todays rules
Based on reliable Rebloom:
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Earl Of Essex (Zurbrigg 1979)

As long as I'm on TOP of the dirt, these will be IN my dirt !
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
May 11, 2015 7:59 AM CST
I take it you are looking for our favorites that are also good increases and bloomers? Which, for me, is different than my favorites that bloom every year, but only a few blooms at a time.

I am at work, or I would post my pictures. I would say for a good dark purple that grows well, has tons of blooms, and never needs staking I would say Badlands
or it's progeny Coal Seams

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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
May 11, 2015 8:23 AM CST
Is Badlands a bicolor? It is beautiful!
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
May 11, 2015 9:00 AM CST
I have a NoID purple that is my favorite purple TB. I don't have a photo that does it justice. It is a wonderfully big, purple, purple, purple, full bloom. It is one that everyone stops to see. So hard to pick favorites. They start running through my mind like a slide show. However, no matter how beautiful or unique a bloom is, if it falls over, wilts in a day or sulks, it will never be my favorite. I guess the old saying is true 'pretty is as pretty does'. A sulky flower does not seem like a happy flower.
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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
May 11, 2015 9:19 AM CST
My NOID purple I will not do without. Long bloom, great increases, very dependable. And I love the color.

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War Chief. What's not to like? The flowers are big.
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This NOID may or may not be Blackcurrent. Increases, reliable and beautiful.
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
May 11, 2015 9:30 AM CST
Badlands is a self. It really glows in the sun and has a nice velvety appearance. I have been really pleased with it's increase, and a clump of them is fantastic. I will post a pic when I get home.

Sure are a lot of nice purple NoIDs out there - wonder if it is because they are hard to identify?
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
May 11, 2015 9:37 AM CST
Perhaps because if they are a self the differences would be minute. Often that results in a garden visitor saying 'I have one just like it' and going home and labeling an iris with a wrong name. Then when grown side by side, or when blooms are cut and vased for an event and placed side by side, people will say they don't know which is which and both become a NoID. Some peoples thought processes are chaotic and this results in chaos. The garden does not like chaos.
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
May 11, 2015 9:59 AM CST
I agree with some of what you say, Bonnie.......applying a name to an iris is often done very 'willy nilly", but , really, when you get down to brass tacks........the FLOWER doesn't care what it's name is ! it's only us 'anal types" that care! A name matters if you want to tell someone which plant they should buy, if they want one "just like yours", but, If you give them some of yours..........again, the name is unimportant........ the same plant can be called many, many things, by many different gardeners......and still be just a as much of a joy to everyone. I grow a few a lot of "hand-me -down "iris that were from my Mothers garden, and I've tried to put "Real names" to them....sometimes successfully, and some times not.......there are a couple of them, that are just ,plain "butt-ugly"....muddy colors, rotten form, lousy substance.......and I wouldn't part with them for the world ! If I tried to "gift" one of these to somebody else.....they would run away, screaming, I'm sure Sticking tongue out ! Whether we get enjoyment from creating a 'new" iris hybrid, or from "saving" an old ,forgotten cultivar from obscurity, or seeing if we can grow a better" example" of it than anyone else, and bring home a Blue Ribbon, or just want to brighten up our little corner of the world, the Iris will do it's best to oblige us !
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
May 11, 2015 10:04 AM CST
and some of those 'muddy' old irises are the staunchest growers that can be planted in country cemeteries and around old trees and along fence rows. Seen up close and as an individual they may look ugly but from a distance and as a clump they make a beautiful display. And, they are the survivors. They will grow and bloom long after I cease to. smiles
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
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Henhouse
May 11, 2015 10:05 AM CST
Who you callin' anal?!? Rolling on the floor laughing
When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
May 11, 2015 10:10 AM CST
If the shoe fits ..................... Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
May 11, 2015 10:22 AM CST
Well, I have to give my #1 spot to Coffee Shop - a Blyth creation.
Part of it was because it was my first tb of the year to flower - I was anxiously waiting - and it was big and beautiful.
But I still have some about to bloom that may knock it out of first place. I reserve the right to
change my mind! Smiling


these are close contenders:

Haunted Heart (Keppel)


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Chinese Treasure - an early Blyth - one of the first to bloom in April - and still blooming!



Coffee Whispers (Blyth)

adding Love of Life (Ghio) which was gorgeous, but a little short - maybe the drought?





Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
May 11, 2015 10:43 AM CST
Good choices, Jan. I could not choose between them.
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
May 11, 2015 11:26 AM CST
Thanks, Bonnie!
Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.

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